Energy Transition and Circular Economy (Innovationspool)

Decarbonization and flexibilization of energy-intensive recycling processes

Duration: 01/2021 - 12/2023

Contact: Prof. Dr. Veit Hagenmeyer            Dr. Christine Stürzer

Currently, a large number of research approaches to decarbonize industrial production focus on power-to-X technologies and/or flexible load management in isolation. Little attention has been paid to date to the transformation of the metal-converting and mineral bulk raw materials converting sectors, for which a holistic approach to the integration of electricity, heat and chemical energy sources and a combination with principles of the circular economy, i.e. the closing of material cycles away from the carbon cycle, are of essential importance. In addition, related aspects of grid integration, in particular ensuring stability and power quality at the transfer point between the local energy system and the power grid, have been little explored so far.
This Innovationspool-Project therefore aims at the development of methods and models for the design and operation of energy-intensive recycling processes and their associated grid and (material) value chain integration. The goal is to close material and energy cycles as comprehensively as possible and to operate industrial production on the basis of renewable electricity in a grid-serving, economical manner. This is achieved through the cross-disciplinary, cross-center and cross-program collaboration of the partners involved.


Circular Economy KIT